Future of HIV Care: START App

2017 | Systems Thinking Ecology + App

An integrated "ecology" designed for a future in which sensor patches can monitor body chemistry painlessly and connect to "the cloud". The START App is for HIV+ individuals and their caregivers to better manage their condition.

6 weeks

Lead UX + Visual Designer

Systems Thinking
Visual Design
Motion Design


icons by ABC at Noun Project

What is HIV?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.
It attacks the body’s immune system and destroys the cells that fight off infection and disease.

CD4 Cells

HIV attacks CD4 cells which are white blood cells that fight off infection and play an important role in the immune system.

Viral Load

HIV increases the amount of viral load in a persons blood. Viral load is the amount of virus in the blood.

What is ART?

ART stands for anti-retroviral therapy and it is the combination of medicines that slows the spread of HIV in the body. It does this by increasing the CD4 count and decreasing the viral load. These two values have to be monitored to evaluate the effectiveness of ART.


Feedback Loops

Current State

1. The patient goes to the lab to get tested. Getting test results can take anywhere between 5 days to 2 weeks. The results are sent to the medical provider.

2. The patient has to go set up an appointment with the medical provider where they are given a prescription.

3. The patient can get their medications from the pharmacy.


  • Process can take up to 2 weeks
  • Frequent visits

Proposed Future State

1. A sensor on them that could detect CD4 and viral load levels

2. The sensor would send data to the cloud which could instantly send results to the medical provider.

3. The provider could prescribe medication that would be directly transmitted to the pharmacy.


  • Process can take up to 2 weeks
  • Frequent visits

Final Screens for Patient App